Wrestling with Truth — February 24 2013

coinIn Luke 20:22, Jesus is asked, “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Jesus answers this “trick” question with the profound:  “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Ralph F. Wilson comments, “If the coinage bears Caesar’s image, . . . [then] . . . Perhaps there is the implied question, whose image do you bear? . . . . The image of God[?]. . . . Jesus is saying, with your bodies, minds, and spirits, you yourselves, you owe allegiance to God himself. . . .  My dear friend, whose coinage are you?  Whose stamp and image do you bear in your soul?  God’s?  Then you owe Him your full allegiance — to love him with all your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength.”

Three hymn verses make a similar point:

from Charles Wesley:
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

from John Burton:
Thine I am, O Lord, for ever
To Thy service set apart;
Suffer me to leave Thee never,
Seal Thine image on my heart.

and from Thomas O. Chisholm:
O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

Remember that we are made in God’s image:

Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.


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